Hello good members of AboveTopSecret.com,
I am posting here today in response to the lengthy, and somewhat damaging 'war' between the Australian members of ATS and the American members of ATS.
These 'wars' picked up dramatically during my thread about North Korea aiming Missiles at Australia. The thread itself got overran with off-topic and
heated discussions coming left right and centre. It didn't take long for the 'war' on my thread to spill out into the endless realm that is Above Top
These 'wars' were generally a result of members on both sides posting ignorant and hate provoking comments. The posts themselves even spawned their
own threads, some Anti-American, and others being Anti-Australian. In recent months, this surge has led to many high profile and controversial members
being banned, and as such i feel it is time to sort this out once and for all.
As i have also been involved in this debacle, i would like to apologise to those i offended. Now...lets get started shall we:
This thread is going to address the problems on both sides and attempt to rectify this 'war.' I aim to get a mutual agreement on both sides, as to not
cause any more tension between both sides. I will do this by proposing a general guideline for both sides to follow.
Note that this is not an attempt to limit your freedom of speech on ATS, but i feel that we need to follow an unofficial guideline for our own
The following is what i, daaskapital propose to both, the Australians and the Americans of ATS:
1: Please refrain from posting ignorant or hate provoking comments. I ask for both sides to Deny Ignorance
. Research before posting.
2: If one encounters a comment in which they feel is purposely trying to begin a 'war,' please report it. No one wants to read endless dribble about
many different and sometimes, insulting topics.
3: Please refrain from targeting fragile matters regarding both countries (a common example is WW2...)
4: Please refrain from conducting 'commando raids' on specific threads, with the sole purpose of causing a stir.
5: Please refrain from generalising members of both countries. Please do not support incorrect stereotypes.
6: Do not charge head first and act abruptly to supposed attacks on your personal attitudes, values or beliefs. Doing so risks creating a 'war.'
7: This goes hand in hand with the prior point. Think before you say. Maybe the poster didn't mean to come across a specific way. Maybe you are taking
a topic the wrong way.
8. Negotiate topics peacefully. Doing so will guarantee a member not getting in trouble with moderators. Act politely. Treat those, as you yourself
would like to be treated.
9: i know that there will undoubtedly be trolls who will ignore these guidelines. If you encounter one, please report them and move on.
These are basic guidelines that i would like to see followed. Yes, these are pretty much the T&C's (with some being spin off's), but it has to be
re-drilled into our heads
Personally, i am sick of reading these endless attacks and would like to see it stop completely.
Thank you for your time, and thank you for reading.
edit on 6-9-2012 by daaskapital because: sp